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July 29

July 29, 1922 – The Laugh-O-gram Short Film Little Red Riding Hood Premieres in Theaters

On July 29, 1922, the Laugh-o-Gram short film Little Red Riding Hood premiered in theaters. Though Walt Disney had had success with the Newman Laugh-O-grams in the early 1920s, this new short film was his first foray into the animation business among the likes of the New York studios. Though this short film would start a string of adapted fairy tale cartoons, this venture would fail until Disney created the Alice Comedies. The film was considered a lost film for decades, but a print was found in the 1990s in a London film library; the short was eventually restored by the Walt Disney Company when they acquired it in 1998.

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June 27

June 27, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice in the Klondike is Released to Theaters

On June 27, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice in the Klondike was released to theaters. It was the 53rd Alice Comedy released, and the 6th to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick. Like many of the Alice Comedies starring Hardwick, the film has since been classified as a lost film.

June 13

June 13, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim is Released to Theaters

On June 13, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Channel Swim was released to theaters. It was the 52nd Alice Comedy released, and the fifth starring fourth and final Alice actress, Lois Hardwick. Unfortunately, like many of Hardwick’s short films, the film has since been classified as a lost cartoon.

June 11

June 11, 1928 – The Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Short Film Poor Papa is Released to Theaters

On June 11, 1928, the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short film Poor Papa was released to theaters. This was the first Oswald short created, though not the first released (as that honor goes to Trolley Troubles). When it was sent to Universal for review, the character of Oswald was deemed too old and fat, and a new imagining of the lead character was needed. The film was eventually released a year later. The short had been thought of as a lost film for decades, but three copies were found in the United Kingdom. Disney was later able to buy a print and restore the film, releasing it on the Blu-Ray of Pinocchio in 2017.

May 30

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May 30, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Picnic is Released to Theaters

 

On May 30, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Picnic was released to theaters. It was the 51st Alice Comedy produced, and the fourth to star fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick. Though not considered a lost film, it has not been released on home video.

April 18

April 18, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Circus Daze Premieres in Theatres

On April 18, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Circus Daze was released to theaters. It was the 48th Alice Comedy produced, and the first to feature fourth and final Alice actress Lois Hardwick.

It’s a fun day at the circus, with the animals preparing for the show. There are plenty of sideshow attractions, including a rubber man. Meanwhile, Alice and Julius are preparing for their act while the circus begins its main show. There’s a mouse that rides a bicycle while riding an elephant, an adept jaguar tamer, and a lion tamer who comically loses his head. Finally, Alice and Julius present their high wire act, where Julius balances a stack of chairs, and Alice, on his nose. Unfortunately, as he shows off by lighting a cigarette, he sets the wire on fire, and the chairs come crashing down one by one, though Julius is able to save Alice with a ladder. The pair lands on the ringmaster, who chases them out of the tent.

April 4

April 4, 1927 – The Alice Comedy Alice’s Auto Race is Released to Theaters

On April 4, 1927, the Alice Comedy Alice’s Auto Race premiered in theaters. It was the 47th Alice Comedy produced, and the 31st to star second Alice actress Margie Gay. The short has since become classified as a lost film.